Summit 2022

Friday, June 3, 2022
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Buffalo State College
Virtual Option on Zoom

In Person
Members $35
Non Members $40

Members $15
Non Members $20

In 2021, we renamed our Summit the Alley Jensen Professional Development Summit in honor of our Special Events and Programming Co-Director and friend, Alley Jensen. Alley was an incredible advocate for young professionals in WNY, and her work lives on through everything YNPN Greater Bflo does.

Our theme this year is “Bringing Health Back Into the Workplace”. The past two years saw a dramatic change in how and where many of us work, and introduced new challenges and new opportunities. So whether it’s physical health, mental wellness, or financial stability, we are looking at ways to make our workplace healthier. With presenters from all different levels and professions, we can assure you that you will leave our Summit feeling empowered and further motivated to excel in your personal and professional lives.


8:30 a.m. Registration, light networking & coffee
9:00 a.m.Opening Remarks
9:15 a.m.Keynote: Work ethic in ‘22: Not an either-or but a both-and, Kenyana David
10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions 1 (Choose one)
1. Career Joy Through Mindfulness Meditation – Holly Justice
2. Nonprofit strategic response to institutional pressures – Mario Hicks
11:00 a.m.Break
11:15 a.m.The State of Buffalo Round Table
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m.Breakout Sessions 2 (Choose one)
1. Using Innovation to Advance in Your Career While Building a Successful, High-Profile Organization Steven J. Harvey, Ph.D
2. Self Care & Community Care in the WorkplaceMarissa Jackson
1:15 p.m.Breakout Session 3 (Choose one)
1. Versatility Yields Value to NPO Management – Liam O’Mahony
2. Improving Self-Care at the Workplace with Behavioral Science – Kellie Kotwicki
3. Champions of Mental Health – Katie Walsh & Kaylee Przybysz
2:00 p.m.Grow Professionally with LinkedIn! – Claire Petrie
2:45 p.m.Closing Remarks

Speaker Bios

Keynote: Kenyana David, MBA,

is the founder of 81Eighteen, LLC, and the creator of the Fe-Mail Marketing for Entrepreneurs (FEMME) Academy. She is an adjunct professor in the Business, Management & Leadership, and the Interdisciplinary Studies departments at Medaille College. She is a Harvard Business Publishing educator, a subsidiary of the Harvard Business School at Harvard University. Kenyana is a doctoral student in the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix and the author of It’s All About Strategy: A Workable Approach to Digital Content & Marketing.

Dr. Steven Harvey

is the CEO of Integrity Partners for Behavioral Health and the past Executive Director of the WNY Higher Education Consortium which focused on increasing graduation outcomes for students.

Mario Hicks

is the VP of Financial Development for YMCA Buffalo Niagara. Mario is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive with almost ten years experience in the field. He is currently in the final stages of completing a doctoral degree in business administration. The focus of his dissertation topic is on Nonprofit strategic response to institutional pressure. 

Marissa Jackson

currently serves as City Year Buffalo’s People and Operations Director. She manages the day-to-day operations of the Buffalo site for 35 AmeriCorps and staff members, supports strategy and works closely with the Executive Director to create events and initiatives to further our partnerships in the community. Marissa has a passion for people-centered work. She has spearheaded partnerships with Compeer Buffalo and Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition, allowing all AmeriCorps members to obtain certifications in Restorative Justice and Youth Mental Health Aid during their service year with City Year.

Holly Justice

received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Alfred University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University where she focused in career counseling and achieved the National Certified Counselor credential. 

Vicki Madaus Knapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

is the Chairperson of the Behavioral Science Department at Daemen University and an Assistant Professor. The Behavioral Science Department has registered programs to provide licensure-qualifying coursework in NYS and programs designated by the Association for Behavior Analysis International as Verified Course Sequence (VCS). Dr. Knapp holds a Doctorate in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas with a specialization in ABA. 

Kellie Kotwicki

is a full-time faculty member of the Daemen Behavioral Science Department, Assistant Professor, and the Daemen Behavioral Science Practicum Director. Kellie completed her Masters of Science Degree in School Counseling from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She then went on to obtain her Advanced Coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology.  She has been working in the field delivering insurance-based and consultative services for over 10 years and is licensed and practicing in both Arizona (AZ) and New York State (NYS).

Liam O’Mahony

is the Director of Communications for The HomeCare Partners in
Lockport, N.Y. He oversees public relations, marketing, community relations and employee communications for three nonprofit organizations – Niagara Hospice, Liberty Home Care and Kalos Health. His 20-year career includes public relations leadership roles in professional sports, agency and higher education.

Claire Petrie, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

is a Talent Acquisition and HR Practitioner currently working at Lighthouse Technology Services as the Director of Technology Talent Management. 

Kaylee Przybysz

A recent 2021 graduate from Buffalo State College with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. Kaylee has been with Compeer of Greater Buffalo in some capacity for two years. Currently, her role is the Client Support Coordinator who oversees the welcoming and intake process for all new and potential clients. Kaylee also supervises College Interns who are mentoring youth in the School-Based program. Kaylee is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. 

Katie Walsh

Graduated with her Master’s in Social Work from Daemen College In 2017. The past 5 years she has spent at Compeer of Greater Buffalo, most recently serving as the Director of Mental Health Education. In her role, she is a certified Adult, Youth, and Teen Mental Health First Aid Instructor, a training developer, and coordinates all education opportunities for the community on mental health topics. Katie has a passion for educating others on how to help someone struggling with their mental health and contributing to breaking the stigma around mental health.

More to come!


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